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foundations of collective impact

This online course is designed to help you learn at your own pace as you work on developing and implementing a successful Collective Impact initiative.


Welcome to the Foundations of Collective Impact online course. In this course, you'll be guided through reflective questions and exercises that will help you make the most of the course materials and content. You will leave this course with the practical tools, support, and confidence you need to successfully design and implement a Collective Impact initiative. 

Join Tamarack's Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Collective Impact, in this course designed to build a foundation of knowledge and practice for your collective impact work. 

Course Outcome

Build knowledge and capacity to design and implement a Collective Impact initiative - a disciplined form of multi-sector collaboration - that generates high-impact results on a complex community issue and/or opportunity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness of the Collective Impact approach and confirm whether it is the right one to advance your community change agenda.

  • Access your community’s readiness to engage in Collective Impact and identify the potential community assets and champions you can use to support it. 

  • Create an action plan to mobilize the multisector input and commitment needed to develop, implement, and sustain a successful Collective Impact initiative. 

  • Enhance your ability to lead a Collective Impact initiative by using tools, resources, and examples of collective impact in action. 

What Will You Learn?

The Foundations of Collective Impact course is divided into six main lessons:
MODULE ONE: Why Collective Impact?
This module will define Collective Impact and distinguish it from other forms of collaboration. It will also explain when Collective Impact might be the right approach and highlight 3 mindset shifts that are important to ensuring that Collective Impact initiatives reach their full potential.
MODULE TWO: The Essential Elements of Collective Impact
This module of the course will review and explain the essential elements of the Collective Impact framework – its 3 pre-conditions and 5 conditions – and what each contributes to the framework. We will also profile how the practice of Collective Impact is evolving and review the refinements introduced with Collective Impact 3.0.
MODULE THREE: The How Part 1 | Creating Your Common Agenda
This module takes a focused look at the Common Agenda condition of Collective Impact – what it is, and its role within a Collective Impact initiative. This module will introduce you to tools and resources to help you facilitate the development of a Common Agenda, along with stories and examples of their development process.
MODULE FOUR: The How Part 2 | Data, Shared Measurement, and Continuous Learning
This module explores the use of data and shared measurement in the work of Collective Impact. Discover how data can be used to develop and build consensus, in the creation of the Common Agenda. Also, explore the important role that data and shared measurement play in measuring the progress and impact of a Collective Impact initiative.
MODULE FIVE: The How Part 3 | Building Your Backbone Infrastructure
The module of the course defines a Backbone within a Collective Impact Initiative and unpacks its role and function. Describing the process of Collaborative Governance and the role that the CI Initiative’s backbone plays in animating the work of collaborative governance as well as resources to support the implantation of collaborative governance and the work of the CI Backbone
MODULE SIX: Exploring the 5 Phases of Collective Impact
This module offers learners a big-picture overview of a Collective Impact Initiative through its 5 phases of maturity. There are 4 “pillars of success” that, together create a strong foundation – and are always areas of focus – in the work of Collective Impact. However, the work of each pillar changes over time. Understanding the 4 pillars of success AND how each unfolds across the 5 phases of a Collective Impact Initiative helps you to better anticipate, plan for, and ensure adequate resources to support your CI Initiative.

pricing and logistics:

The course costs $249 for single registration with a group rate of $199 per registrant for groups of 3 and above. These rates include access to the online course platform, the course workbook, and Q&A sessions.

Scholarships are available for individuals lived/living experience of poverty. To inquire, please reach out to Stephanie.

For more information about the course or issues accessing the course, please contact Ruté for more information.


Meet Sylvia, Your Collective Impact Instructor 

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